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Lucuma Powder: The New Superfood Sweetener You’ve Been Waiting For

December 24, 2015

In Peru, kids don’t ask for chocolate-vanilla swirl, strawberry with sprinkles, or plain vanilla. Nope, the most in-demand ice cream flavor is lucuma. One lick and you’d get why—slightly maple-flavored and delicately sweet, lucuma fruit is a favorite across South America.

Even if the local Dairy Queen doesn’t carry this flavor (yet!), you can still get your lucuma fix: Substitute it for sugar in almost any recipe to beat high blood glucose levels and to get superfood benefits—while eating dessert!

Lucuma Fruit

What is lucuma? Lucuma fruit look a little like a rounder, unripe avocado. Once opened, they reveal bright orange flesh that delivers beta carotene, vitamin A, and B vitamins, much like sweet potatoes or yams. Lucuma can be eaten raw or cooked, but it’s even more popular in powder form.

Lucuma Powder

Silky and soft, lucuma powder tastes a little like maple syrup and is far sweeter than the fruit itself. But it also contains a higher concentration of antioxidants like beta carotene, niacin, and minerals including zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron.

Lucuma Benefits

Unlike other alternative sweeteners like agave or even honey, lucuma doesn’t cause blood sugar to skyrocket. This is thanks, in part, to lucuma’s relatively high fiber content. The sweet powder has about 2 grams per tablespoon, so adding a bit to your smoothie, cookie batter, or ice cream will help with digestion and feed gut bacteria.

Try this superfood in our lucuma eggnog, or add it to our favorite instant ice cream recipe for a Thrive take on this Peruvian favorite.

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Michelle Pellizzon

Certified health coach and endorphin enthusiast, Michelle is an expert in healthy living and eating. When she's not writing you can find her running trails, reading about nutrition, and eating lots of guacamole.

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